Project Update – Bridge Construction
Metro Vancouver has been working with the District of North Vancouver, consultants and the community to re-establish a bridge crossing and improve trail connections in the LSCR following a 2014 rockslide. In early 2018, Metro Vancouver issued a multi-bridge tender and awarded the contract for the pedestrian bridge across the Seymour River and the vehicular bridge for Metro Vancouver Operations at Riverside Drive.
We are committed to notifying trail users and residents in advance of any disruptions and will respond to any questions or concerns raised about project activities.
Seymour River Suspension Bridge:
Project completion expected December 2018: opening date to be announced soon
Bridge towers erection complete
West side anchor drilling and casing complete
East side anchor drilling and casing is complete
East slope partially planted
East slope armoring in progress
Anchor extensions complete
Main cables installed
Bridge structure including decking and handrails complete
Fencing and approach work complete
Trail work and landscape work in progress
Canyon Creek Bridge at Riverside Drive:
Bridge is substantially complete, expected opening in December, 2018
Site restoration landscape work and BC Hydro line configuration remaining
Updated December 3, 2018
Construction Schedule - Spring to fall 2018
|Seymour River Suspension Bridge ||4 months|
|Canyon Creek Bridge at Riverside Drive||2 months|
|Baden-Powell staircase replacement||2 months|
|Trail connection improvements and landscaping||3 months|
On December 7, 2014, a significant rockslide occurred in the Seymour River Canyon approximately one kilometre north of Riverside Drive. This rockslide partially blocked the Seymour River and increased the water level upstream, flooding area trails and the Twin Bridge. For safety purposes, a number of trails were closed and the bridge was removed.
Flooding of Twin Bridge 2014
Present day Twin Bridge 2014
Metro Vancouver has been working collaboratively with the District of North Vancouver, consultants, and the community, and will be constructing the Seymour River Canyon Trail Connections Project to re-establish a bridge crossing and improve trail connections in the
Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR). The project includes:
- Construction of a new pedestrian bridge near the former Twin Bridge across the Seymour River
- Construction of a new single-lane vehicular bridge for Metro Vancouver operations access at Riverside Drive
- Replacement of the staircase along Baden-Powell Trail near the north end of Riverside Drive
- Trail connection improvements to the new infrastructure
Public Open House
Metro Vancouver held two public meetings in 2015 and 2016 to discuss options for building new trail connections, to collect input on the LSCR Trail Strategic Plan and LSCR programs, and to establish a long-range plan for a new pedestrian bridge across Seymour River in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR).
In June 2017 Metro Vancouver held a public meeting to give the community an opportunity to learn more about the project, see artist’s renderings, learn about the constructions schedule, as well as share comments, and ask questions.
2015 – Trail Connections Public Meeting Summary
2016 – LSCR Annual Event 2016
2018 – LSCR Annual Event 2018
New Pedestrian Bridge near the former Twin Bridges over the Seymour River
Metro Vancouver recognizes the recreational importance of the former Twin Bridge to the community and to trail users across the region. To ensure that access is restored, we are constructing a new pedestrian bridge across the Seymour River to re-establish the east-west connection of Fisherman’s Trail. The new bridge will be:
- longer and higher than the former Twin Bridge
- accessible to various motor-less traffic such as hikers, cyclists, and dog walkers
- connected to existing trails in the LSCR
New Pedestrian Bridge Construction
New Single-lane Vehicular Bridge for Operations Access at Riverside Drive
To support ongoing trail maintenance in the LSCR, a new single-lane vehicular bridge will be constructed at the north end of Riverside Drive. This bridge will:
- be accessible to recreational trail users
- be gated and locked and only Metro Vancouver and Emergency departure will have vehicle access
- provide safe access for Metro Vancouver operations to regional water infrastructure in the LSCR
Replacement of the staircase along Baden-Powell Trail and Trail Connection Improvements
The new staircase near the north end of Riverside Drive will be wider and non-slip, to provide trail users with safer and more convenient access to connecting trails in the LSCR.
Metro Vancouver will also be upgrading existing trails and establishing new trail connections to the bridges. This will ensure that trail networks continue to be safe and accessible while addressing the interests and needs of the community.
The staircase project has been awarded and is expected to begin September 19th with an anticipated duration of 2.5 months. During that time, the Baden Powell Trail, from the Richard Juryn intersection to the kiosk at Riverside Drive, will remain closed.
Fish and Environment
Metro Vancouver is working the District of North Vancouver, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Seymour Salmonid Society to ensure that any new improvements are implemented to the highest environmental standard.
Seymour Salmon Society